Create a Lightning Effect on Flying Man in Photoshop CS5

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Tutorial details:

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 Mins

Create a Lightning Effect on Flying Man in Photoshop – Final Preview

Final Preview

Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources

External Resources

Photoshop Tools

  • Pen Tool
  • Brush Tool
  • Eraser Tool
  • Gradient Overlay

Lets start to create our flying man lightning effect in photoshop.

Step 1

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) with 800×600 of size.

Create New Document

Step 2

First of all set background color black #000000, now add Football Player Image in photoshop.

Add Man Image

Rasterize it, select Eraser Tool from tool panel and erase the unneeded area, set player image center of the canvas as like in preview.

Erase Unneeded Area

Step 3

Select Pen Tool create a path on football player image as like in preview.

Create a Path With Pen Tool

After creating path select 5px any soft round brush and set foreground color #ffb400.

Select Brush Tool

Now create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) select Pen Tool, right click on path and select Stroke Path option then stroke panel will be opened.

Applying Stroke Path

Press enter then a 5px stroke path created name it 1st Stroke.

Stroke Created

Step 4

Now again create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) name it layer 2nd Stroke, select brush tool press (F5) to open brush panel and set Scattering option setting.

Set Brush Setting

After brush setting select Pen Tool, right click on path select Stroke Path option then press ok and get this result.

Stroke Path Result

Select Eraser Tool and erase these stroke areas as like in preview.

Erase These Areas

After erase stroke areas we get this result.

Erase Stroke Area

Now I am going to applying some Blending Options on 1st stroke layer.

Go to Layer > Layer Style and applying these Blending Options.

Inner Shadow

Inner Shadow

Outer Glow

Outer Glow

Inner Glow

Inner Glow

After applying these layer styles we get new effect on 1st stroke layer.

Get New Result

Step 5

Select 2nd stroke layer and applying Outer Glow.

Go to Layer > Layer Style > Outer Glow.

Outer Glow

After applying outer glow we get nice effect on 2nd stroke layer.

Get Nice Effect

Step 6

Select Eraser Tool from tool panel and erase both stroke layers from player right shoulder area as like in preview.

Erase Right Shoulder Area

After erase stroke area here we get a new result.

Erase Lights From Shoulder Area

Step 7

Create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) select 100px soft round brush and paint player right foot area with white color #ffffff.

Paint White Brush

Now down Opacity (20%) of this brush Layer.

Down Opacity

Step 8

Select Gradient Tool open gradient editor and set this settings.

Gradient Overlay

After this settings create a new layer and paint with gradient on player right foot area as like in preview.

Paint With Gradient

After applying gradient now go to Image > Adjustment > Desaturated, then we get this new result.

Image Adjustment

Now applying Gaussian Blur Filter on this gradient layer.

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Applying Gaussian Blur

After applying gaussian blur we get this result.

Get Blur Result

Set Blend Mode to (Color Dodge) of this gradient layer.

Set Blend Mode to Color Dodge

Now set Levels of this gradient layer.

Go to Image > Adjustment > Levels.

Levels Setting

When we set levels we get a nice result.

Get Nice Result

Select Eraser Tool and erase gradient layer from player image layer, just erase left side body area as like in picture below.

Erase Gradient Layer

Step 9

Select 50px any soft round brush, create a new layer and paint brush with white color #ffffff on football player right foot area as like in preview.

Paint With White Brush

Step 10

In this step create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) select Debris Brush and paint it to the whole canvas with white color #ffffff.

Paint With Debris Brush

Go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur set Amount (10).

Radial Blur

After applying radial blur we get a new effect on brush layer.

Get New Effect

Step 11

Now add Hubble Image in photoshop.

Add Hubble Image in Photoshop

Set Blend Mode to (Hard Light) of this hubble image layer.

Set Blend Mode to Hard Light

After set blend mode set hubble image bottom of all layers.

Set hubble Image Bottom of All Layers

Step 12

Create a new layer select 100px any soft round brush and paint it with this color #0bb4eb on player body area as like in preview.

Paint With Brush

Set Blend Mode to (Screen) of this brush layer.

Set Blend Mode to Screen

Step 13

Again create a new layer, select 100px soft round brush paint player foot area with this color #7cc672.

Paint With Brush

Set Blend Mode to (Screen) and Opacity (50%) of this layer.

Set Blend Mode and Opacity

After doing all the procedure here we get our lightning effect on flying man in final preview.

Final Preview

Final Preview

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